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Here Are 25 Of The Best Signs From Nationwide #MarchForOurLives Protests

If you went to one of the 800+ #MarchForOurLives protests on Saturday, you were part of history in the making. It was organized entirely by the student survivors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seeing students and young children literally marching for their lives was a horror and an inspiration at the same time.

If you weren’t able to make it, no te preocupes. Here are some of the most iconic moments and signs from around the country.

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in the nation’s capitol.

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Organizers say over 850,00 people showed up. If you think President Trump had to deal with this crowd, you’d be wrong. The president was in Florida avoiding the crowds.

Latinxs tell it like it is, como siempre.

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Here’s to hoping they both become less and less available. P.S. – This is coming to you from El Paso, Texas, alleged gun country.

We even brought our homeboy Jesús to try to get through to the gov’t.

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I wanna say that most Latinos would get behind this message, and would definitely make sure your mom or abuelita never ever saw it. But they’d probably like it too.

Oh, and people hate the NRA.

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Did we fail to mention that in the last page? People were furious with those gun-crazies. These are our lives on the line. Don’t tell me about your hobby.

Chicago was lit up with sass.

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Non-hispanic white men have carried out 63 percent of mass shootings over the last several decades. When that happens, it’s mental illness. If you’re brown, you’re a terrorist. #WhitePrivilege is in the headlines, folks.

Emma González inspired all the signs.

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You know Emma González as one of the first students survivors from Parkland to passionately demand stricter gun control laws. Or, if you’re Iowa Rep Steve King, you might see her Cuban Pride patch and think (and then say), “Communist!”

The truth is González is inspiring students all the way in Seattle to become activists.

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González’s activism automatically extends to her appearance. It’s pretty sickening to learn that Republican Maine House candidate Leslie Gibson called the teenage survivor a “skinhead lesbian” because he “cares about the Constitution.” K. We can thank González for staying strong and dragging another Republican out of the race to represent us in the House.

Gun control heated up some #WomensMarch debates.

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I mean, verdad ^, Denver. Why is that? Maybe because there are more NRA-corrupt politicians in office than actual women.

The most traumatic sightings were of some very young children holding signs.

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Here in LA, this young boy literally holds up his own two hands to deliver el mensaje: NI UNO MÁS #marchforourlives ✊?✊?✊?✊?

“Kids Rule, Guns Drool”

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Adios, el corazón. It breaks my heart to see children carrying these signs. Meanwhile this is in Palm Beach, where Trump goes to procrastinate his presidential duties and golf.

Could you imagine being afraid to go to school? ?

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Poetry:

“No guns

no guns no gun

no guns in school

no guns in school

no gun in school.”

Meanwhile in Amsterdam…

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OK, fam, let’s move to the Netherlands. I’m rallying Latinos. Let’s do it for real. We’re known for our survival skills and this is the solution, estoy segura.

Nevermind. We gotta stay for the kids in Long Beach, California.

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This is our fight, and fighting is in our DNA. Register to vote and then vote for politicians that are not bought out by the NRA.

“Sorry for the inconvenience. We are trying to change the world.”

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True story: polls show that 75 percent of Americans want more gun control laws. Now we need to vote like we mean it.

People even turned out in Alaska, a pretty gun-heavy state.

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“Keegan Blain, 17 year-old Dimond High School junior // “It doesn’t matter if we are conservative or liberal, a Democrat or a Republican. There isn’t anything more important than protecting innocent lives that will soon propel our nation into the future.” #marchforourlives #marchforourlivesak”

 Austin, Texas kids say the darndest things.

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I can’t tell if she’s #MomOfTheYear or is just happy that it’s not her kid calling the world assholes. Either way, this is a new kind of teenage rebellion, kid, and I’m here for it.

Teachers got loud this weekend.

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ICYMI, President Trump wants teachers to carry guns. That’s his solution to the mass shooting epidemic: Bring more guns into schools. I like this protestor’s solution a lot better.

Oh, and teachers aren’t fans of President Trump’s ideas either.

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Other signs noted: “Give teacher’s higher wages to teach, not to return fire.” I trust you girl.

#PosterArt you can only find in Orlando, Florida.

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My second home, and more widely known as the home to the largest ever mass shooting against LGBTQ Latinos in Pulse Nightclub, the signs seen in Orlando, Florida carried a lot of passion behind them. ?

Dreamers in Atlanta, Georgia:

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For Dreamers, this is about creating an America that we can survive in. Political activism is the best way to show you love your country, imho.

#MFOL Mantra: “Enough is Enough.”

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I can’t imagine how heartbreaking it must have been to create this sign, and draw the faces of school shooting victims. Ultimately, it isn’t about some ideological debate. It’s about each of these victims, piling on top of one another without any retribution or change. #EnoughisEnough

In places like Bozeman, Montana, there were counter protests.

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People actually went against these kids to “March for Our Guns.” Just shows that there are always two sides in each debate.

And then there was a Parkland, Florida rally.

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“She was shot on 2/14. Today she will speak to thousands in Parkland.” ?

Parkland student wisdom right here:

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Are we not collectively disgusted by the amount of standardized testing we went through that can go completely out the window in a single second? Because all you need is proof that you’re 18 to buy an assault weapon.

The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are not giving up the fight for gun reform.

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This includes fighting for every other victim of gun violence, including Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, Renisha McBride, Tamir Rice. Find out how you can keep the fight going at MarchForOurLives.com.

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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

It has been 20 years since America Ferrera’s dream of becoming an actor back true. She took to Instagram to reflect on the moment that her dream started to come true and it is a sweet reminder that anyone can chase their dreams.

America Ferrera shared a sweet post reflecting on the 20th anniversary of working on “Gotta Kick It Up!”

“Gotta Kick It Up!” was one of the earliest examples of Latino representation so many of us remember. The movie follows a school dance team trying to be the very best they could possibly be. The team was down on their luck but a new teacher introduces them to a different kind of music to get them going again.

After being introduced to Latin beats, the dance team is renewed. It taps into a cultural moment for the Latinas on the team and the authenticity of the music makes their performances some of the best.

While the movie meant so much to Latino children seeing their culture represented for the first time, the work was a major moment for Ferrera. In the Instagram post, she gushes over the celebrities she saw on the lot she was working on. Of course, anyone would be excited to see Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt hanging out. Yet, what stands out the most is Ferrera’s own excitement to realize that she can make money doing what she loves most.

“I wish I could go back and tell this little baby America that the next 20 years of her life will be filled with unbelievable opportunity to express her talent and plenty of challenges that will allow her to grow into a person, actress, producer, director, activist that she is very proud and grateful to be. We did it baby girl. I’m proud of us,” Ferrera reflects.

Watch the trailer for “Gotta Kick It Up!” here.

READ: America Ferrera’s “Superstore” Is Going To Get A Spanish-Language Adaptation In A Win For Inclusion

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

On a recent episode of ABC’s game show To Tell The Truth, three celebrity panelists were tasked to uncover the identity of a real mariachi singer.

Each contender embodied “non-traditional” attributes of mariachi culture either through physical appearance or language barriers, leaving the panelists stumped.

When it came time for the big reveal, with a humble smile 53-year-old Timoteo “El Charro Negro” stood up wowing everyone. Marveled by his talents, Timoteo was asked to perform unveiling his smooth baritone voice.

While not a household name in the U.S., his career spans over 25 years thriving on the catharsis of music.

Timoteo “El Charro Negro” performing “Chiquilla Linda” on Dante Night Show in 2017.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Timoteo, born Timothy Pollard, moved to Long Beach, California with his family when he was eight years old. The move to California exposed Pollard to Latin culture, as the only Black family in a Mexican neighborhood.

As a child, he recalled watching Cantinflas because he reminded him of comedian Jerry Lewis, but musically he “got exposed to the legends by chance.”

“I was bombarded by all the 1960s, ’70s, and ’50s ranchera music,” Timoteo recalls to mitú.

The unequivocal passion mariachi artists like Javier Solis and Vicente Fernandez possessed heavily resonated with him.

“[The neighbors] always played nostalgic music, oldies but goodies, and that’s one thing I noticed about Mexicans,” Timoteo says. “They can be in their 20s but because they’ve grown up listening to the oldies it’s still very dear to them. That’s how they party.”

For as long as he can remember, Pollard “was born with the genetic disposition to love music,” knowing that his future would align with the arts.

After hearing Vicente Fernandez sing “Lástima Que Seas Ajena,” an awakening occurred in Pollard. While genres like hip-hop and rap were on the rise, Pollard’s passion for ranchera music grew. It was a moment when he realized that this genre best suited his big voice.

Enamored, Pollard began to pursue a career as a Spanish-language vocalist.

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At 28, Timoteo began learning Spanish by listening and singing along to those artists he adored in his youth.

“When I decided that I wanted to be a mariachi, I didn’t think it was fair to exploit the culture and not understand the language,” he says. “If I’m going to sing, I need to be able to communicate with my audience and engage with them. I need to understand what I’m saying because it was about honor and respect.”

Pollard began performing local gigs after picking up the language in a matter of months. He soon attracted the attention of “Big Boy” Radio that adorned him the name Timoteo “El Charro Negro.”

Embellishing his sound to highlight his Black heritage, Pollard included African instruments like congas and bongos in his orchestra. Faintly putting his own spin on a niche genre, Pollard avoided over-saturating the genre’s sound early in his career.

Embraced by his community as a beloved mariachi, “El Charro Negro” still encountered race-related obstacles as a Black man in the genre.

“There are those [in the industry] who are not in the least bit thrilled to this day. They won’t answer my phone calls, my emails, my text messages I’ve sent,” he says. “The public at large hasn’t a problem with it, but a lot of the time it’s those at the helm of decision making who want to keep [the genre] exclusively Mexican.”

“El Charro Negro” persisted, slowly attracting fans worldwide while promoting a message of harmony through his music.

In 2007, 12 years into his career, Pollard received a golden ticket opportunity.

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Pollard (left) seen with legendary Mexican artist Vicente Fernandez (right) in 2007. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In a by-chance encounter with a stagehand working on Fernandez’s tour, Pollard was offered the chance to perform onstage. The singer was skeptical that the offer was legit. After all, what are the chances?

The next day Pollard went to his day job at the time and said, “a voice in my head, which I believe was God said, ‘wear your blue velvet traje tonight.'”

That evening Pollard went to a sold-out Stockton Area where he met his idol. As he walked on the stage, Pollard recalls Fernandez insisting that he use his personal mic and band to perform “De Que Manera Te Olvido.”

“[Fernandez] said he did not even want to join me,” he recollects about the show. “He just was kind and generous enough to let me sing that song on his stage with his audience.”

The crowd applauded thunderously, which for Pollard was a sign of good things to come.

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Timoteo “El Charro Negro” with Don Francisco on Don Francisco Presenta in 2011. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In 2010, he released his debut album “Me Regalo Contigo.” In perfect Spanish, Pollard sings with great conviction replicating the soft tones of old-school boleros.

Unraveling the rollercoaster of relationships, heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballads like “Me Regalo Contigo” and “Celos” are his most streamed songs. One hidden gem that has caught the listener’s attention is “El Medio Morir.”

As soon as the track begins it is unlike the others. Timoteo delivers a ’90s R&B love ballad in Spanish, singing with gumption as his riffs and belts encapsulate his unique sound and story.

Having appeared on shows like Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco Presenta, and Caso Cerrado in 2011, Timoteo’s career prospered.

Timoteo hasn’t released an album since 2010 but he keeps his passion alive. The singer has continued to perform, even during the Covid pandemic. He has high hopes for future success and original releases, choosing to not slow down from his destined musical journey.

“If God is with me, who can be against me? It may not happen in a quick period of time, but God will make my enemies my footstool,” he said.

“I’ve continued to be successful and do some of the things I want to do; maybe not in a particular way or in particular events, but I live in a very happy and fulfilled existence.”

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